Novak Djokovic Devastates Andrey Rublev in Australian Open Quarterfinals
Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory after men's final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, January 27, 2019 — Photo by zhukovsky

Novak Djokovic is only two wins away from winning his 23rd Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park after he devastated Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. He will next face American Tommy Paul in the semifinals.

The Serb did not pull any of his punches and breezed past his opponent in three straight sets.

“Overall I think that the scoreline in the first two sets doesn’t speak the truth or the reality of the match,” said Djokovic on-court.

“It was some really close games that we had. Andrey is a great opponent, a great player. I’ve got tonnes of respect for him, one of the biggest forehands, and one of the quickest players on the Tour.”

“If I have to sum it up, all the important shots, the important moments I found my best tennis. So that’s what makes me the most pleased tonight.”

He came into the quarterfinals after taking down another big opponent and local favorite – Alex De Minaur.

In ranking his performance, Djokovic ranks his defeat of Rublev only second to his beating of De Minaur.

“I would rank it as number two, but very close to the performance of two nights ago,” said Djokovic.

“I cannot be happier with my tennis, honestly. I’m playing very solid from the back of the court and really love playing in these conditions on this court… It’s definitely the most special court for me.”

He next faces American Paul who beat 20-year-old Ben Shelton 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 5-7 6-3. Should he win the title, it will be his 23rd Grand Slam, bringing him up to a tie with Rafael Nadal. It will also be his 10th Australian Open title.

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